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Troubles looking for work

I just picked up a 4-month contract with Parks Canada, but, I'm still looking for work... hopefully something long-term. Problem is, there are very few jobs in my region for someone with my qualifications, so I have to look abroad. I pursued my education knowing full well that it wasn't going to lead to an in-demand skill set; even within biology, my field isn't exactly in vogue these days (important, but not the "in" thing, ya know?)

Right now, I have my CV sent to a couple positions, but they're almost all on the other side of the country/continent. With this, I have some pretty mixed feelings. While I want a good, well paying job in my area of expertise, but, at the same time, I don't really want to leave everything I know to work on the opposite side of the 2nd largest country on the planet Razz That said, I WILL leave everything I know if I get the right job Wink I enjoy having a band, a roleplaying group, friends, and all that jazz... it would be a real shame to leave all that behind... but at the same time, working as an entomologist would be pretty keen.

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Best of luck in finding work.
I am lucky that I can freelance until something local comes available that suits me. If I did not have a house, I would be long gone from this area.
standready on Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:26 pm
Good Luck Ankhanu, I know its difficult finding a job, and especially that you want, but I hope that you do find something and in your location itself.
Might I suggest that you take a year off, working across the continent, see how it is, and then come back and try again, during your annual vacation? Hopefully by that time, something might turn up, and also you will get to experience a different environment and meet different people as well.
menino on Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:55 am
Have you been looking out of local reach? Possibly even out of the country?

I would personally be looking for a job out of the country if I was in your situation. Just for the sake of up and moving far away and starting something new.

Though that is just me, you're probably more than happy with staying in your current location. Lol. But just an idea, if you do look beyond your country, I'm sure there are plenty of opportunities!
Ghost Rider103 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:02 am
I think it's ok to leave everything behind if you'd like to experience being an etymologist yourself. You can't just do all those things forever you know and it may not also be that bad to find new friends somewhere else and find something new to enjoy. I'm not sure about it if you're leaving your wife/family though.

Otherwise, maybe you can teach or write a book about entomology or make money and make your own research like study bees to make fuel or create bugs that eat bugs that eat crops or something or maybe study how mosquitoes can make your food taste delicious. Very Happy Razz
loremar on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:46 am
Well if you're married your spouse would definitely come with. If there was ever a reason the spouse wouldn't agree to go with then I wouldn't consider it an option.

I am a family guy and love my family, but I wouldn't have any problem leavig them behind knowing I can always come back to visit from time to time. A spouse isn't something you leave behind, however. Everyone is different though Very Happy
Ghost Rider103 on Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:51 am
I haven't seriously looked outside the country, but I am job searching, and applying, across the country... and this place is big Wink I've thought about a few jobs in the States, for example, but the headache (and expense) of immigration is pretty off-putting.
I do have a spouse and child, which complicates the "get up and move" aspect of the job search, but, we've always recognized the possibility of needing to do so. It just makes the whole processes harder and more expensive Razz Through my education and the past four work contracts I have been away from them for periods of a week to month, every week/month; I deal with it pretty well, but they don't like it very much. Depending on circumstances, I may have to move on and make occasional trips home, or they'll have to come with.

Loremar, teaching isn't really an option, unfortunately. I either need to get a Bachaelor of Education (another 2 years of university) to teach grade school (and the market is SATURATED with potential teachers anyway, there are no jobs), or go back and get my PhD if I want to teach at the university level; quote simply, an MSc is NOT competitive at the university level (and again, there aren't many positions that open up these days, many universities are closing positions, rather than opening them).
I do plan to work on my own research, eventually, but don't have the money to pump into it to make it feasible. The sort of work I do doesn't require a lot of equipment, but it does require some investment (Microscope&lighting, storage, mounting/preservation supplies, reference material), in the sub-$10,000 range; I could probably get an acceptable scope for about $2500, and enough keys to get me by for about the same Razz Add in time and travel costs (gas and car repairs are getting pretty expensive), I just don't have that kind of money hanging around, unfortunately.

Oh to be independently wealthy! Very Happy
Ankhanu on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:40 pm
Have you tried Vancouver? There are a number of environmental consultants that I'm sure would be interested in your skills set. Two companies that I know off are:

Hatfield Consultants in West Vancouver

Pottinger Gaherty in Downtown Vancouver
deanhills on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:50 pm
Thanks, Dean.
Yeah, I'm looking nationwide, including BC. Currently have an application in with the Royal BC Museum in Victoria that seems pretty promising! I wasn't considered for a Regional Entomologist position in the Cariboo region of BC with the BC Government that I recently applied for, however :/ Gonna apply for a lesser position that recently appeared in the same place (likely working for whoever is in the position I didn't get Wink ). Unfortunately, with most of the consulting positions that I've been coming across, they're wanting a couple more years of experience than I've managed to attain, so I generally don't get past the initial CV/Resume check. I'll look into those guys you provided though, on the off chance Smile
Ankhanu on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:09 pm
Hopefully you find something soon. There aren't that many jobs in my little city and there are a lot of people who need work. What's worse are the people looking to hire, don't always ask for the World in an employee when it's a no brainer job. I've run into some trouble finding a simple part time job just to get me on my feet, bring in a little money so I have something to carry me while I look for something better. It kind of sucks when your personality gets picked apart. I'm normally introverted but the most recent interview I had I was so comfortable and I was making sure I was smiling and talking and giving the best answers I could. After I didn't get the job I found out that the guy thought I was 'too shy' and I thought that was absolute crap.

Bit of a tangent there, but I'm sure you'll find something. And going to another country gives you the opportunity to experience new things, meet new people. Best of luck!
TheGremlyn on Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:05 am
That's great news Ankhanu. I genuinely hope you get the position in Victoria. That is really a kickass museum there and as modern as you can get. You'd love it there.

I'd not start a position at a lower level if I were you. This is just from experience at looking at others who had been in a similar dilemma. Rather wait until you really get something good. Otherwise you may land in a very unhappy trap. Pity you don't live in Vancouver as then you could have visited those companies and consulted with them. There are plenty of volunteer positions available. I seem to recall one at the Hatfield Group some years ago for example. The little bit I've learned about you I get the feeling you'd fit right in there. They have international projects as well.
deanhills on Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:53 pm

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